How to get your feet prepped for summer

Top transformation tips!

After a season in tights, socks and boots, our feet can sometimes need a little bit of TLC to look sandal-ready. From buffing and filing to moisturising and fake tan, here are our top footcare tips for beautiful feet just in time for summer.

Foot filing

The first step is to smooth any hard and dry bits of skin. Dry skin can build up over the winter months, so start on the right foot using a hard skin remover before your bath or shower. You'll be able to feel what needs removing and what doesn’t. If you aim to buff your feet twice a month to help prevent the hard skin from building up, you won’t have to panic come summer. Make sure to moisturise afterwards, too.

Boots Gorgeous Feet Soft Foot File

Smooth operator 

Perfect for use on wet or dry skin, remove rough, dry and hard skin easily and effectively! A comfortable fit in your hand, the soft interior is suitable for all areas of your foot – result!

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Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot Care System

Works wonders on winter feet

Long-lasting, silky-smooth feet this way! With a soft-touch handle, this nifty device exfoliates dry and flaky skin on your feet and lower legs. Complete with dual speed settings, you can adapt the pressure to suit your needs.*

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Exfoliate & refine

Step two – give your feet a gorgeous glow! Treating your feet to exfoliating removes any dead skin cells and smooths any rough edges. Use an exfoliator at least once a week to help keep dry skin and flakes at bay.

Boots Care Exfoliating Foot Scrub Sea Minerals & Mint

Time for some TLC

Made from naturally derived ingredients, this exfoliating scrub is your ticket to smoother-looking feet. Remove dead skin particles with volcanic rock-based exfoliants while the refreshing and invigorating formula stimulates your senses.**

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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Foot Magic Scrub

Smooths & soothes

Buff and polish rough, dry skin thanks to Palmer’s Magic Scrub. With vitamin E and cocoa butter, the unique formula exfoliates and moisturises at the same time. Massage in a circular motion onto your feet, focusing on any rough patches. Rinse off et voila. Simple!

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Nail it

For step three, turn your attention to your toenails. When cutting the big toenail, make several tiny cuts rather than one big one, so you don’t cut it too short and cause an in-grown nail.

Boots Pharmaceuticals Advanced Footcare Diamond Dusted Professional Nail File

Shape up

Diamond dusted for quality and durability, this files thick nails and smooths hard skin. Plus, you can use it to soften nail edges and buff out any ridges or uneven surfaces. Happy days!

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Boots Toe Nail Clippers

Trim it

Invest in a sharp nail clipper to keep nails short and tidy – just like this one. Made with a metal that protects against rust, these handy clippers are perfect for taking just about anywhere.

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Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Applying a foot cream every day can make a difference to the softness of your feet. In summer, your feet dry out quickly so it’s best to use specific foot cream to avoid cracked heels.

Boots Coconut Oil Moisturising Foot Socks

Pampered to perfection

Enriched with vitamin E, these moisturising socks intensely nourish your tired-feeling feet. Gently peel open the packaging, slip your feet inside and have a 20-minute soak in coconut-scented paradise.

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CCS Foot Care Cream

Silky smooth

Help improve your feet’s softness and suppleness with this moisturising formula. Made with moisturiser found naturally in the human body, keep dry skin at bay and beach-day ready!

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O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream

Simply soft

With glycerine which helps to draw in and retain moisture, apply this cream to exfoliated skin and other dry areas on your feet. It’s the perfect addition to your evening pampering routine.

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Go gold

If you feel a little exposed with your feet out and feel like they need a little glow, try a gradual tanning product. When applying self-tan, pay attention to exfoliation in areas such as the tops of the toes, around the anklebones, the heel and the sides. Massage in thoroughly, especially between the toes. If you need some more tips on self-tanning, we’ve got you covered.

Colour tips

Transform your toenails with a coat or two of nail polish. Pre-sun – when your feet are at their fairest – cool polish colours like pink, lilac, fuchsia or silver will bring a glow to the toes. Once there’s a bit of colour on the skin, go for a warm choice like orange, peach, coral or gold. For added fun, get creative and use glitter, embellishments, stickers and flowers. You could even use a contrasting colour to draw attention to a favourite pair of open-toed heels!

Defence is the best offence

Once you’ve got your feet the way you want them, keep them feeling fresh all year long with these top tips:

• Try using a foot cream every day to keep them moisturised

• Try a heel balm if you have cracked heels

• Use a foot exfoliator and hard skin remover often to avoid dry, cracked heels

• Apply cuticle oil whenever you remember to keep them soft and add extra shine to the nail

Try putting these tips to use – your feet will be ready to throw on sandals or heels come rain or shine!

*Not suitable for diabetics and those with poor blood circulation.

**If you have diabetes or problems with your circulation, ask your doctor or podiatrist before using this product.